i’ve spent the past few days thinking about which single winter clothing item says both “elegant” and “comfortable”. much of the time, it seems like we’re faced with the false choice between one or the other. not true. take the cozy cardigan. it’s a classic winter staple that belongs in every closet and is the perfect layering piece to add warmth on a cold winter day. today, i thought i’d talk briefly on how to wear a cozy cardigan.
the cardigan comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but i’m going to focus on the shawl-collar cardigan sweater and similarly the sweater blazer. the extra length of both creates an elongating effect on any body type which aesthetically adds a sort of grace and elegance to and for any woman. in my opinion, the shawl-collar cardigan is that perfect but illusive crossover item that straddles the line of elegance and comfort.
a cozy cardigan comes in a variety of designs; plain or patterned, wool or cashmere, long or short, open-face or buttons, the options are endless. cozy cardigans look terrific with athleisure, jeans or popped over your pajamas when it’s time to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea.
the sheer flexibility of a cozy cardigan makes it a wardrobe essential. today’s OOTD centers around a (similar) cozy cardigan i picked up from J.Crew. it’s popped over a crib neck sweater from Everlane. i’m sporting a pair of (similar) girl friend jeans from Talbots that skims my frame rather than hugs.
i’m really feeling the J.Crew and Everlane combination this year and have featured it heavily on the blog over the past few weeks. we recently featured a perfectly preppy outfit gotten mostly from J.Crew, as well as cashmere sweater dress from Everlane.
over the past few years, it seems as if skinny jeans have given way to jeggings with a snug fit. we’ve talked a lot about “comfort” on the blog lately, and some days, i just want to wear a plain old fashioned pair of jeans just like the good old days.
this pair of (similar) girlfriend jeans comes pretty close. i’ve coupled them with a pair of penny loafers to create a classic preppy look we’ve featured heavily on the blog. the outfit has old school charm written all over it.
in the day of athleisure, sometimes it feels like we’re either dressing for “elegance” or “comfort” but not both. today, i targeted one item—the comfy cardigan—that perfectly straddles the line. i styled it in accordance with my favorite aesthetic, but you can easily imagine tailoring it to your own. below, i’ve compiled a selection of similar comfy cardigans—shawl collar and long sweater blazers. i know you’ll find one to integrate seamlessly into your own wardrobe.